There is an undeniable happiness when you enter the sewing room of Centacare Settlement Service’s Stitch Program.
Machines are humming and women are smiling and chatting as they sew quilts, pillowcases and intricate pieces of national dress, from material scraps.
Run on Thursdays and Fridays at Centacare Tasmania’s New Town site, this unique craft, sewing and life skills program for women focuses on reducing isolation while supporting participants to acquire useful skills, through educational workshops.
Stitch is part of Centacare’s Settlement Grants Programs, which provide a range of Government and community grant funded programs to support new humanitarian entrants in Southern Tasmania on arrival and during their settlement journey, for up to five years.
Stitch Support Worker Ellen Clark said many of the women involved in the sewing group were highly talented sewers, but didn’t have the equipment for pursuing the skill at home.
She said the group also provided an important social outlet for the women involved and a chance to relax and share some happiness.
“They really love sewing, it’s just incredible,” Mrs Clark said.
“This is somewhere they can relax and something they can enjoy.”
The Stitch sewing program relies heavily on the donation of sewing materials.
Anyone wishing to donate scraps or wanting more information on the program can phone Centacare Tasmania on (03) 6278 1660.